• Our clients include companies, platforms, technologists, investment managers and funds, banks, broker-dealers, exchanges, and private equity and venture capital investors. We work extensively with alternative trading systems, high frequency and algorithmic trading firms, digital investment advisers, data companies and other financial services innovators.
     
    Here are examples of how we helped clients:

    • A Chinese bitcoin mining company in connection with a global data breach in which US$500 million of bitcoin was stolen.
    • A digital asset and technology company with respect to the establishment of a de novo special purpose national bank charter.
    • Affirm, Inc., Avant, Inc., Carvana Co., BFS Capital, Inc., Enova International, Inc.and loanDepot.com, LLC in connection with bank partnership arrangements; whole loan sale and forward flow programs; 144A securitization transactions; and warehouse and term financing facilities.
    • A global e-commerce trade association regarding the development of comprehensive, practical behavioral advertising and other online privacy guides.
    • A global financial services institution in connection with the establishment of a business to provide digital credentials and authentication services. We advised on strategies for the protection of core technologies and for the commercialization of products and services. We also prepared and negotiated agreements relating to the development of the digital technologies, partnering agreements with third parties to support the exploitation and commercialization of the technology, and customer and user services agreements.
    • A global financial services provider on a Microsoft Office 365 email intrusion that lead to the exposure of thousands of health insurance records, including information protected under HIPAA; as well as the defense of HHS/OCR and day-to-day counseling on privacy/cybersecurity issues.
    • A global financial services provider regarding legal risks associated with implementing novel actions to protect company systems and customer data.
    • A global provider of financial services software on formulating and implementing a CCPA program for current and contemplated products and services.
    • A global provider of services to the financial services sector in Board training on the evolving role of corporate boards in understanding and accountability for cyber and data security risk.
    • A hedge fund in its complex settlement agreement with a software developer with respect to the ownership of high-frequency trading software and the underlying algorithms used to make trades using the software.
    • A major fintech company in an inquiry regarding money transmission licensing requirements.
    • Angels of Impact, a Singaporean social enterprise group, in establishing a fund that uses blockchain technology to make sustainable and ethical investments. The technology allows Angels of Impact to track returns and reduce misuse of funds.
    • A private equity firm in its investment in a global electronic trading firm.
    • A U.S. start-up in its registration with the SEC and membership in FINRA as the  first broker-dealer approved to operate an alternative trading system to trade U.S. Treasury securities.
    • Advised BitFury Group, a leading bitcoin infrastructure provider and bitcoin transaction processor, on equity financing.
    • Blackboard Inc., a leading global educational software company and an affiliate of Providence Equity Partners, in its US$260 million acquisition by tender offer of Higher One Holdings Inc., a NYSE-listed financial technology company and the 2019 sale of its Blackboard Transact business unit to Reverence Capital Partners, LP.
    • Advised Blockchain Limited, the largest crypto e-wallet and blockchain search provider, on its reincorporation and initial equity financing transactions.
    • Certain large mutual funds complexes and their boards of directors with respect to the acquisition by the funds of residential mortgage loans.
    • Digital Asset Strategies in connection to the launch of a cryptocurrency hedge fund.
    • Figure Technologies, Inc. on the US$20 million security token offering successfully completed by Provenance Blockchain, Inc.
    • Figure Technologies, Inc. on its closing of a US$1 billion asset-based financing facility custodied on its Provenance.io blockchain.
    • Fund managers in connection with loan purchases and financing facilities related to loans originated on platforms sponsored by Lending Club, SoFi, Freedom Plus, Square, CommonBond, Funding Circle U.S., Funding Circle U.K., Upstart and others.
    • Further Global Capital Management in its acquisition of Payment Alliance International, the nation’s largest privately-held ATM provider.
    • GIC in connection with the US$20 billion acquisition by an investor group of a majority stake in Thomson Reuters’ Financial & Risk Business (Refinitiv) and subsequent sale by the investor group of Refinitiv, a global provider of financial market data and infrastructure, to the London Stock Exchange for US$27 billion.
    • GIC on the merger of Ultimate Software, a specialist HR software solutions and HR payroll, and Kronos Incorporated for an enterprise value of US$22 billion.
    • Interactive Brokers Group, an automated global electronic market-maker and broker that operates in more than 60 electronic exchanges and trading venues around the world, in its US$1.2 billion initial public offering. This represented the second largest IPO (at the time of issuance) in 2007. Beyond its significant size, the transaction was noteworthy because: it was conducted through a non-traditional “best efforts”/Dutch auction approach.
    • JetPay, a provider of end-to-end payment processing and Human Capital Management solutions, on its US$184 million sale to NCR Corporation.
    • Morgan Stanley Investment Management in the establishment of AIP Alternative Lending Fund A and AIP Alternative Lending Fund P - registered closed-end funds organized primarily to acquire marketplace loans.
    • Multiple alternative trading systems regarding compliance with Regulations ATS and NMS and responses to the SEC and FINRA in connection with SEC and FINRA examinations.
    • Conduct comprehensive reviews of electronic order routing by multiple stock and options exchanges for compliance with Regulation NMS’s trade-through rule.
    • People’s United Bank in a summary judgment victory in a landmark case, which involved an alleged breach of the bank’s online security system through keylogging malware. One of the first cases of its kind to be decided by an appellate court and named a “national case to watch” by the American Banker, the dispute was resolved after the First Circuit reversed in part and remanded the district court’s decision.
    • PPC Enterprises in connection with its acquisition of Private Client Resources, L.L.C. (“PCR”). PCR provides wealth data aggregation solutions and services to financial institutions, advisors and leading technology providers to the ultra-high-net-worth segment
    • Public Pension Capital (PPC Enterprises) and its portfolio company Viteos, a tech-enabled provider of end-to-end middle and back office administration for asset managers, on Viteos’ sale to Intertrust N.V.; recognized as finalist for “Private Equity Deal of the Year” by The Deal Middle Market Awards 2020, and in connection with the prior acquisition of Viteos.
    • SolidX regarding SEC compliance and related issues in connection with a proposed bitcoin-based exchange-traded fund on the NYSE.
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